First Nations supporting salmon farming welcome 2-year licence extension

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 Indigenous communities in British Columbia who support salmon farming say the extension of the licenses for two years from June 30, 2022 is “welcome news” despite their desire for a longer term.

The Coalition for First Nations for Finfish Stewardship (FNFFS) was pushing for the renewal of the farming licenses for a minimum five-year term to give them time “to properly engage with our members, government and with the sector on 2025 aquaculture transition plans.”

The coalition says they are nonetheless thankful to the Government of Canada for finally recognizing their inherent rights “to pursue pathways for sustainable seafood production” in their territories.

“We are ready to begin this transition journey and build a new path forward with both the governments of Canada and British Columbia, as well as the farming sector, to help lead Canada’s Blue Economy,” said the FNFFS in a statement.